Learning how to sing with the masque or the mask for vocal placement is a key to a great sound and strain-free singing.
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:31 Can you make a video about vocal placement or something that people said “singing mask”?
:44 instructors have their own favorite ways of describing vocal placement of the masque.
:57 The Structure of Singing by Richard Miller…System and Art in Vocal Technique. The terms that are used they said are: forward placement, into the masque,
1:56 Actually this is kind of is where the masque is.
2:16 Vocal placement. The masque. Masque. It’s actually m-a-s-q-u-e.
2:33 And I’ll tell you the truth the masque has not worked for me.
3:00 What I like even better to get this vocal placement, or masque singing, is to vibrate the sphenoidal sinus.
3:20 That’s the sphenoidal sinus area. So now I can feel what most people would describe as masque singing
3:35 I know my students respond to that kind of vibrations more than the masque. What makes any kind of masque technique or vocal placement difficult, there’s two things.
4:40 The bones, however around it, are what makes the placement or masque singing possible. Why singers have difficulty with vocal placement and the masque is because those are actually sympathetic resonances.
5:48 Sympathetic resonance. So that’s the key term. Please try to understand sympathetic resonance as an instructor or as a student of singing as you’re trying to learn about where to focus your voice.
6:11 Understanding sympathetic resonance is the key
6:24 And that produces those “boney” sounds that we call placement…masque singing. So whenever you’re talking about the masque, focusing the voice,…
6:48 So here we go again, please check out my other video on adduction. When you’re feeling vibrations wherever you want to be, whether it’s in your nose, the masque, the pharyngeal cavity, the sphenoidal sinus,
7:10 A sound that doesn’t have focus or vocal placement or in the masque, A very breathy tone because that’s a, not an adducted position. It will have no vibrations in the masque or in the sphenoidal sinus.
8:00 adducted my vocal folds.
8:05 if it works for you, hard palate, sphenoidal sinus, uh, masque, then go right ahead, use that.
8:30 You are adducting your vocal folds.
8:39 So that didn’t have much masque singing, not much vibrations. So if I, after I adduct the vocal folds…You raise me up so I can stand on mountains. That sound is adducted and of course, as you know from the other video, adducted vocal folds gets louder.
9:00 And it is also, yes, “Inhalare La Voce”. “Inhalare La Voce” is another way of finding vocal placement. “Inhalare La Voce” means to inhale the voice. Use inhalation muscles while you’re letting your body use the forced expiration muscles.
9:32 That was using “Inhalare La Voce”. You know that I like it because just one thought, “inhale while I’m singing” achieves a lot of good things, which in this case is vocal placement or singing in the masque.
9:46 If I inhaled the air…Raise me up, I get that placement. I get that buzz right up there. My place is the sphenoidal sinus. That works best for me.
10:00 So, how to achieve this? Well, an easy scale…there’s many different ways as you know of achieving placement.
10:32 In fact, humming is a good one for first locating your sphenoidal sinus.
10:51 Because the majority of sound does not come out through the nose, which is another thing that makes masque singing difficult and confusing.
12:07 What you should be is doing is feeling where your placement points will be.
12:56 For women, so what would not be placement would be: You, you, you, you, you.
What is place, what is placement: You, you, you, you, you.
13:30 That was also another way of how to reach the mixed voice again. And how to sing higher for guys and gals, that you again adduct the vocal folds and we’re using the “you” and placement to get to the adducted vocal folds.
It’s very simple. It’s adduction. That’s why vocal placement and the masque is difficult.
But if you can uh, just understand some basics about what’s really going on. It is really about the vocal fold closure and that’s easiest to do with understanding adduction.